Jefferson to apply for Iowa Great Place

logo for Iowa Great PlaceJefferson will apply for the Iowa Great Place designation through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  Last year, the committee pursued the application as Greene County but realized that county-wide designation is very difficult.  Iowa Great Places include documentation of community visioning, specific strategies for success, partnerships and collaboration, and development of local assets such as arts & culture, architecture, diversity, entrepreneurial incentives, historic fabric, housing options, natural environment and amenities.  A quote from this department about Iowa Great Places is”recognize communities that take action to enhance their local places while staying true to what makes them unique.”

Lauren Subler with Region XII Council of Government will assist in writing the application and did so in 2019.  This is a designation based on a rubric – not a competitive program.  The online application is due on May 1 and then a site visit is scheduled.

With the designation comes grant funding opportunities towards projects in the visioning plan.  Raccoon Valley Bike Trail is an Iowa Great Place.  The City of Perry received the designation in 2018.

Click here for a list of the 40 Iowa Great Places

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Calendar

July 2021

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  • Grand Open of "Dig it: The 1950s, 60s and 70s"
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  • Greene County Fair
  • Greene County Farmers Market
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  • Greene County Fair
  • Chews Jefferson
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  • Greene County Fair
  • Summer Sidewalk Savings
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  • Greene County Fair
  • Summer Sidewalk Savings
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  • Greene County Fair
  • Summer Sidewalk Savings
  • "Morning at the Museum" Open House
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  • Greene County Fair
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  • Greene County Fair
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  • Community Blood Drive
  • Greene County Farmers Market
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  • Chews Jefferson
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  • VFW Fundraiser Meal
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  • Greene County Farmers Market
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  • Chews Jefferson
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  • Golf Tournament by Jefferson Matters: A Main Street & Chamber Community
  • Pleasant Prairie Threshing Bee
  • Java & Juice at Sierra Community Theatre
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  • Pleasant Prairie Threshing Bee
  • Pleasant Prairie Threshing Bee
  • BOOST Bash
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  • Pleasant Prairie Threshing Bee
  • Historian Chuck Holden, presentation
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  • Greene County Farmers Market
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  • Chews Jefferson
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  • Java & Juice at Art on the Fly
  • Relay for Life Curbside Meal
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  • Rippey Sesquicentennial